Travelling with your toddler may seem like more trouble than it's worth, but the truth it these are the golden years to take your brood abroad! There's no school holiday restrictions holding you back and you're free to take full advantage of cheaper prices and quieter resorts. Our toddler friendly holidays put families at the forefront. From carefully selected destinations to handpicked havens kitted out with everything we could think of – it's all about making your life easier. Whether you're after golden beach days in the amazing Algarve or mellow magic in magnificent Menorca, there's plenty of adventure to be had all over.
These delightful destinations are a winning combination for first-time flyers and mischievous minors. Short flights and little to no time difference are just what the doctor ordered for holiday harmony. So without further ado, here's the best holiday destinations to whisk your little whippersnappers away to…
Algarve is bona fide holiday royalty – a tried and tested destination that comes up trumps time and time again. Visitors just can't get enough of its mild temperatures, year-round sun and lively and carefree atmosphere. Delicious dishes, captivating culture, buzzing beachside resorts, historic heritage and jaw-dropping nature reserves blend together to make for an unforgettable family holiday!
Beaches are at the heart of a holiday in the Algarve, and wherever you stay you'll be a stone's throw from gorgeous golden sands. Stretching out as far as they eye can see, lined by rugged rocks and craggy cliffs sit the spectacular shorelines of the golden coast. It's no wonder these beaches are firm family favourites – perfect paddling conditions for little feet, natural beauty everywhere you look, Blue Flags flying high and plenty of amenities to keep you all fed and watered.
Of course family fun isn't limited to the beach! There's endless entertainment from horse riding and high ropes to inflatable waterparks or simply just relaxing by the marina. Head out to sea on a boat trip in search of wild dolphins, or if your little ones haven't quite found their sea feet yet then head to the zoomarine and get front row seats to watch the playful porpoise up close and personal. As well as amazing animals, the zoomarine is home to water park attractions like flumes and chutes, plus a big wheel and even a pirate zone!
Hot summers and mild winters means there's never a bad time to holiday in marvellous Mallorca. Its calm character is part of the charm of island life – giving families precious time to treasure in their own little world. Once your little loves have finally gone to sleep, enjoy beautiful balmy evenings on your terrace or better yet – floating around your private swimming pool. After all, it's important to make the quiet times count!
Buckle up for first-ever road trips and explore the island with complete freedom. Hiring a car gives you total control of your holiday itinerary, so if you want to chase a sunset or find a beach off the beaten track you can! It also means you've got somewhere to put any extra things you might need, rather than lugging around a huge bag for a day. Extra nappies? No problem! A picnic? Easy! The luscious landscape offers oodles of natural beauty, from the dramatic and rugged wilds of the west to the beautiful beaches on the east coast.
Naturally the island has lots of family focused fun-filled activities to enjoy. The usual suspects are peppered all over, from waterparks and adventure playgrounds to tram rides and safari zoos. So there's no shortage of ways to amuse curious tots. A whole host of delicious dishes mean menu meltdowns are a thing of the past. Locals are well accustomed to tourist's tastes and have adopted international recipes alongside traditional options. Of course, there's always tempting tapas to try! Plus little portions are great for little tummies!
An ideal getaway for a laid-back atmosphere – Menorca is one of the most coveted destinations for holidays with young children. The island is nice and small, which makes day trips manageable and easy. Plus there are plenty of family orientated activities a stone's throw from most of our baby and toddler friendly villas.
The beach is always a hit with the kids. Sandcastles, splashes and sunshine – what's not to love? These beauties tick all the right boxes for mum and dad too. Some of the safest sands in all of Spain, they gently slope into the sea making for prime paddling conditions. Water babies can prance about as much as they like in the shallows. And like all of the best family focused facilities, you'll find most beaches boast soft play areas, inflatables, bouncy castles and a bunch of other ways to keep those curious little tots well and truly entertained.
Picturesque and peaceful, this is the place to come for rest, relaxation and recreation. Introduce your tots to wildlife reserves, boat trips, zoological parks and waterparks for the first time – and come away with memories to treasure for years to come.
Once you've decided on your dream destination, you need to make sure your home from home is the perfect setting for your holiday. From child-proof pool possibilities to safety essentials and extra special finishing touches, our villas for babies and toddlers are suited and booted for family-fun from day one!